Mohawk Lakes

#2 of 207 trails in Pike National Forest

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Mohawk Lakes is a 6.8 mile out and back trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for camping, fishing, fly fishing & hiking.

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Linda Misencik (304)

11 Completed6 Reviews

We backpacked to lower Mohawk lake with approx 25-30 pound packs, setup camp and then hiked to upper Mohawk lake. I would rate this as a moderate to hard depending on whether you're a day hiker or backpacker. Some climbs over rocks but not too difficult. However it was VERY crowded on a weekend. Beautiful though. We saw mountain goats near upper lake too.

James Lucas (124)

7 Completed4 Reviews

The top lake was beautiful and worth it. But this was definitely harder than we expected. I should have checked the app first, but trusted my friends (which was a mistake). So myself and my wife (who are both novices) hiked along with our friend who was carrying her six month old baby. We were in a group with some advanced hikers as well and they were less than pleased by the three of our performances. The incline wasn't too bad, just a lot more rock balancing than I expected. If you do do the hike, don't do like the group in front of us and stop at the first lake. It's not that much further to the top one, and it's REALLY worth it.

Emily Sloat (58)

3 Completed3 Reviews

Beautiful, not too difficult and a good bit of shade.

Jennifer LeBlanc (76)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Excellent hike, gorgeous wildflowers, lakes, falls. Very busy hike. Should have used sunscreen and bug spray.

Lindsay Kizer (176)

18 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful hike! It's pretty moderate until the very end. Steep climb up but worth it for the views! We took our dog and enjoyed having her off leash the whole time as well.

Brian Richardson (103)

5 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail with moderate to difficult sections. The first few miles from the trail head are fairly simple but the end of the trail up to the lake can be very strenuous. It started raining while close to the top and it was rather cold for July (we're from Florida).

Eric Warheit (76)

1 Completed1 Reviews

We hiked this with our 3 generation family - 12 people (2 x 60, 2x 43, 2x 34, 1x 6, 1x 4, 2x 3, 1x 2 and 1x 10 months). We are primarily an inexperienced group.

We drove to the very end of the spruce creek road - pretty rocky. Have a car/truck with decent clearance. We saw a few volvo wagons and suburus at the top. We opted to leave our Hyundai Santa Fe at the bottom of the dirt/rocky road and travel with others in their large SUV.

The lake is amazingly beautiful. The last 1/4 is very challenging ... At least traveling with young children. It's obviously doable. Just be prepared to feel like an irresponsible parent at times as the climb gets steep and the margin for error decreases. Coming down the steep parts was more anxiety ridden than going up.

There is a point in the hike where you can either use a series of switchbacks (go left) or climb a straight path up using a cable from an abandoned ski lift. I use the switchbacks (grand parents, parents, 2x 3 yr olds). The rest of our family who climbed with us used the cable with several young kids. They didn't know how they pulled it off though. The cable is surely a much quicker (direct) route. The switchbacks are probably more easily navigable with kids.

Our 3 year old twins were troopers. They made 98% of the climb on their own.

We learned a lot about ourselves and value of perseverance and determination. Hopefully our girls will be able to have this as one of their earliest meaningful memories.

Wendy Wyman (66)

1 Completed2 Reviews

Wendy Wyman (66)

1 Completed2 Reviews

Amazing views!

William Emison (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Nice trail with plenty of great scenery!